Every Summer I try to put together a list of things I want our family to do (you can see our Summer Bucket List from last year HERE).
This year, though, I wanted to make a little Summer Bucket List for myself, if you will.
Because making tin foil rivers and figuring out the best recipe for homemade bubbles is awesome and all, but there are a few things I am interested in personally accomplishing over the next couple of months.
1. Paint the front door YELLOW.
I have been kind of obsessed with yellow doors lately (you can see some of the ones I have been pinning HERE). If we somehow fall into some extra money this summer, it will be going toward this bright and happy project.
2. Dye my hair like Lorelai Gilmore’s.
Oh my goodness. Gilmore Girls. One of my favorite shows of all time. Why, oh why did they have to stop after only 7 seasons? I am making the hubs watch the entire series with me this summer (along with So You Think You Can Dance). Every time we watch it, I drool over Lorelai’s hair color. It’s like this deep chocolatey brown but with beautiful red highlights. I’m feeling adventurous.
I am also secretly dreaming about getting my nose pierced this summer.
It’s quite possible I am having a mid-life crisis. :-)
3. Take the kids to the dentist.
I am HORRIBLE at remembering to brush my children’s teeth. So I have been avoiding the dentist like the plague because I know they are going to punish me with disapproving stares when they see the evidence of neglect in my kids’ mouths.
Not to mention that I don’t like going to the dentist and haven’t quite figured out how to cast this particular person in a positive light for my children. I used to tremble in the waiting room as a kid. Not even the treasure chest or 152 flavors of flouride treatments could change my opinion. And these days I am always getting in trouble for not flossing. Also my last pregnancy apparently sucked every last bit of health from my gums, so my trips to the dentist now usually end up with me looking like a scene out of the Vampire Diaries and wondering what having dentures will be like one day.
4. Teach my kids to swim.
Another area of neglect is that I have not yet taught my kids how to swim.
And we live in FLORIDA, people.
Not a fan of all the time it takes to put sunscreen on squirming little people so we generally don’t go to pools or the beach that often.
There is an indoor swim academy right by our house, however, and they were offering this AMAZING deal for 4 swimming lessons so I snatched it up. It’s time we get this figured out so the hubs and I can actually have fun at family swim parties and trips to the beach instead of playing Rock Paper Scissors to see who will do CPR if necessary.
5. Finish my Bible study.
I have fallen in love with Lysa TerKeurst and am eating up everything she has to offer. I did THIS BOOK earlier in the year and now I am doing THIS ONE called What Happens When Women Say Yes To God.
Remember my post about The Prayer Chair? Yeah, well, I haven’t been the best about waking up early these days, so my times with the Lord have been a little less consistent but definitely more creative. 5 minutes alone in the bathroom? Let’s dig into God’s Word. At a red light? Let’s finish up Chapter 6’s study questions.
I’m hoping that the summer will be a bit more relaxed and I will be able to finally figure out exactly how to say yes to God. :-)
6. Respond to people who comment on Happy Home Fairy things.
I’ve been writing this blog since 2010 and I have been AWFUL at responding to all the sweet people (like my top commenters Debbie, April and Brandi, to name a few) who take the time to let me know they liked a post or printable or to just share an encouraging word. I seriously read EVERY SINGLE ONE and they bless me MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW, but I have just never been able to figure out a good response groove. Like if I respond to one, then I feel I have to respond to them all (even though there really aren’t a whole lot to manage).
I’m kind of an all or nothing kind of girl. Like if I can’t remember to brush my kids’ teeth every day then I might as well not brush them at all.
Lately, though, I have been really desiring to grow this blog and I think one of the things that I could do better is taking the time to connect with my readers. So, this summer I am going to do my very best to reply to every commenter. Even the ones on Instagram. And maybe Facebook. :-)
7. Get 10,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook.
Speaking of Facebook, I have this little dream of reaching 10,000 likes. I wish I had more time to pour into social media things. To be honest, I am AWFUL at writing status updates. I feel like there are people who just think in status updates and are constantly rolling out these intelligent and inspiring words.
It sometimes takes me hours (and several trial runs by the hubs) to come up with something that I think is worthy enough to be shared. Plus, for the same reason I completely failed as an independent consultant for a home party business, I hate promoting myself. I always feel like I am bothering people with stuff about… me.
I suppose if I bothered them they could ‘unlike’ me, but then I would just feel bad about that.
Maybe the answer here is that I am just not cut out to have a huge, exploding blog and should revise some of these summer dreams to be more along the lines of ways I can be a better mom.
Because clearly I spend too much time blogging and not enough time preserving my children’s pearly whites.
8. Go see a movie.
Man, when the hubs and I were in college we lived near a dollar theater and we went to the movies almost every weekend. It was the greatest.
Then we had kids.
Isn’t it funny how going to the movies now seems like such a huge and expensive event?
But seeing a movie with my love is one of my fondest memories. Especially in the summertime. I love wearing a flowy dress and walking hand and hand through the parking lot after a good flick. Possibly holding ice cream cones with our other free hand.
9. Soak up every minute with my kids.
I really want to be intentional about loving every relaxed-paced second I have this summer with my 2 little buddies. I will be making the transition from part-time to full-time teaching in the fall so these next 2 months are going to be incredibly precious as we savor laid back mornings, running through the sprinklers (since they can’t swim yet), and having after dinner Dubstep dance parties.
10. Holding on to JOY when it gets hot.
Other than our trip to the Bahamas, we’ve been encountering a series of unfortunate events involving our house, our mortgage, water damage, mold, medical bills, insurance, my husband’s chronic back pain, illness, and job stresses.
Just the other day I said to no one in particular, “Are we in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?”
But then I quickly remembered that JESUS was in that furnace, too – right there with them.
And I vowed to walk in the same kind of trust and obedience as those 3 faithful men.
Even when things get hot.
And in summertime in South Florida, it’s kind of inevitable. :-)
So that’s my list.
What’s on yours?
(And if you answer this question by commenting below, I will reply to you – pinky swear.)